Married! Danielle + Chris

In nearly 7 years of shooting weddings, this was our first-ever New Year’s Eve wedding!  You wouldn’t have believed it was December 31st, though; the weather out at Lake Oconee was nearly 70F, the sun was shining, and there was only a soft breeze.  It was just another reminder of why we love living in the south!

We were lucky enough to not only get to photograph Danielle and Chris’s wedding at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Plantation — we got to stay there, too!  (Happy New Year to us, right?)

The guys were hanging out at the lakeside restaurant and watching football (what else?)…

…while the ladies enjoyed massages and salon services at the Ritz’s luxurious spa!

Danielle and Chris had rented cottages on the Plantation property, which gave the whole affair a homey vibe…

Chris finally headed back to his cottage to get ready…

Danielle’s mom and sister help her into her Priscilla of Boston gown.  Danielle told me that her mom, grandmother, and sister had all worn Priscilla gowns!

A little liquid courage…

Earrings and jackets…

Danielle checks herself one last time in a mirror…

Danielle’s grandmother was unable to travel for the wedding, but she sent a necklace for Danielle to wrap around her bouquet…

I was SO glad when Danielle and Chris decided to see each other before their ceremony and take some photographs.  We got some beautiful daylight images before their sunset ceremony!  Here’s a shot of Chris seeing Danielle in her gown for the very first time…

Love.

The living room of one of the cottages was cleared out for Danielle and Chris’s intimate ceremony to take place.  Chris’s dad passed away a couple of years ago, but he was remembered with this shadow box, containing his photograph and his war medals.

The guests gathered in front of the fireplace to see Danielle and Chris say “I do.”

Married!

Right away everyone was popping champagne and toasting the newlyweds!

All 20 of the wedding guests with the bride and groom…

It may not have FELT like Christmas was just a few days past, but the twinkly lights in the trees were a reminder that the holidays were still in full swing!

Everyone enjoyed a long dinner in one of the Ritz’s dining rooms…

Just before midnight, Danielle and Chris and their guests walked down to the lake to count down to the New Year…

Happy New Year!

Danielle and Chris, THANK YOU both for including Dan and I in such a beautiful celebration!  You guys are completely perfect for each other, and we are so happy to have gotten to know you!

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